April 19, 2020
“We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.” -Gwendolyn Brooks
As we settle into the stride of this intense crisis, we invite you to continue to take action, to make movement habitual and stay connected across distance. We’ve got our ship in shape and hopefully continue to make the work we’re doing together easier to follow - and don’t hesitate to reach out.
Redistributing our stimulus checks as an act of mutual aid is grounded in an understanding of the inequitable systems we all operate within and of the value of everyone in our community, individually and collectively. No-one is expendable; we need each other, and we must support and protect each other.
💵 If you have yet to pledge your check or a donation, you can pledge here.
Fundraising team members will be reaching out to pledgers individually to check when they receive their checks and help them direct their money to MA Redistribution Fund or to individuals referred to us by our partners such as Keep It 100 for Egleston and Mass Coalition of Domestic Workers.
We also want to highlight these 3 fundraisers which are in need of funds.
Wednesdays in April, 12-1 PM
Register here for action hours—this link is recurring, you can choose one or more sessions, and you can register again if you don’t know your schedule yet.
SURJB members will guide participants through an hour of making calls, sending emails, signing up for volunteering, and signing petitions. We hope this helps combat isolation while building social solidarity!
Tuesdays, 6-8 PM: register here
Saturdays, 12-1 PM: register here
You can sign up for one or more sessions, and you can register again if you don’t know your schedule yet.
In partnership with State Rep Liz Miranda and Boston City Councillor Ricardo Arroyo, we are calling our elderly neighbors in Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury to see how they are doing and if possible connect them to resources. SURJB will provide a quick training and materials! We’ll let you know which list we will be focusing on for each phonebank.
Deliver groceries and supplies in Dorchester, Sundays 1-3 pm (form is a general sign up, you will get direct information after signing up).
Deliver meals to BPS students in Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Dorchester, weekdays lunch and dinner shifts (general form, more info provided after signing up)
Deliver groceries with Solidarity Supply Distro, Mondays and Sundays (general form, more info provided after signing up)
SURJB is helping to collect critical supplies for 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury and Cape Verdean Association of Boston. We're suggesting that folks drop off Tuesday before 8 PM and Friday before 8 PM. Please email back (firstname.lastname@example.org) for porch drop off information in JP, Roxbury, West Roxbury, Dorchester, Allston/Brighton, Belmont, and Cambridge.
To get connected to more ways to help out, please fill out our community offers survey (if you haven’t yet).
On April Wednesday 22nd at 2 pm, the Boston City Council will hold a hearing on proposed guidelines for ventilator distribution and ICU beds in the event of a shortage and ensuring that health inequities do not dictate medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hearing will be live streamed at Boston City Council TV and re-broadcast at a later date. Testimony may be submitted in writing or via video conference.
✊ Neighborhoods are starting their own mutual aid systems where people can offer resources and request support. There are opportunities to volunteer, donate, and offer/request support at the links below.
Huge thanks to both the Asian American Resource Workshop and Massachusetts Jobs with Justice who have compiled Boston and MA specific resources in response to COVID-19. This includes everything from grassroots demands around COVID-19, how to teach an accessible online class, and local resources for supplies and support. City Life Vida Urbana has also published housing rights and resources during COVID-19.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the very tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in the 1600s, is at risk of losing what is left of their homelands due to a determination made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Sign the petition today: tell Congress to protect Mashpee Wampanoag reservation land!
Sunday April 19th : 5 PM-7PM. Those who register will receive a recording.
Learn how to support the Mashpee Wampanoag as they reverse the "disestablishment" of their tribal lands.
📋 Student Immigrant Movement Webinar and Petition
Wednesday April 22, 12-1PM
Student Immigrant Movement is asking for folks to help fight to ensure that BPS has a transparent policy around sharing student information with ICE. Folks are encouraged to attend Wednesday's webinar on Boston Public Schools Student Safety Policy Review and Q&A. You can get more information, sign, and share the SIM petition demanding a clear and fair policy.There are just over 2,000 petition signatures. Spread the word!
📋 Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA) is asking that folks sign a petition supporting teachers, families, and students due to a new partnership with the state, a form of receivership in the way it takes away local power. Learn more and sign the petition here: https://btu.org/ourcityourschools/. Please also share the information and encourage others to sign the petition.
The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) has helpful information on how COVID-19 is impacting Boston Public Schools (BPS). For the latest information and to learn about their Volunteer Corps, go to https://btu.org/coronavirus/
On Friday, Massachusetts legislators put a strong eviction and foreclosure moratorium bill on Baker's desk. This bill, H.4647, is the product of incredible collaboration, advocacy and organizing between hundreds of organizations across the state. We've been fighting hard for many weeks to make sure that big real estate doesn't keep putting our lives at risk. Housing should be guaranteed for all. This moratorium is a critical first step - and together, we WILL win it!
Here's what to do:
1) Fill out Gov. Baker's online email form. Suggested text is below.
Dear Governor Baker,
I'm a Massachusetts resident. Please sign H.4647, the strong eviction and foreclosure moratorium, today. It's a critical first step to protecting public health and saving lives.
2) Report that you emailed by filling out this form.
The Material Aid and Advocacy Program is asking people to Call Gov. Baker and tell him people experiencing homelessness need hotel rooms now!
Saturday 4/25, 3 PM
Join the Housing Justice Action Partnership and the Allston/Brighton Base Group for political education and virtual community building to better understand the moment we are in and to how we will keep building momentum for rent control after the state of emergency has been lifted. If interested, please RSVP. More details to come!
Are you, or someone you know, worried about getting evicted? Call City Life/ Vida Urbana's hotline.
Building Up People Not Prisons is holding another week of action to keep up the pressure on our targets. Our officials are not acting fast enough!
Keep an eye out for Facebook live updates each day. Call scripts and contact info can be found here: tinyurl.com/maweekofaction
Sign this petition to demand a retrial for Raymond Gaines who was wrongfully convicted of 1st degree murder and armed robbery in 1975. He has been wrongfully imprisoned for 44 years, stolen from his family, loved ones, and community.
Black and Pink’s mission is to abolish the criminal punishment system and to liberate LGBTQIA2S+ people/people living with HIV who are affected by that system, through advocacy, support, and organizing.
These drop ins welcome any kind of abolitionist energy, whether reading and entering mail into the database, writing letters, playing cards, or just chatting. Formerly incarcerated and court involved people especially encouraged to attend. Cis, straight and/or free world allies are welcome!
More than 60 people detained by ICE at the Wyatt Detention Center in RI have launched a hunger strike to demand release in the midst of the pandemic. Read their powerful letter and then show solidarity by emailing regional ICE officials and Wyatt’s investors- email scripts available in BIJAN’s post.
Asian American Resource Workshop, along with their community partners, is raising funds to directly benefit Asian immigrants who are not otherwise eligible for public assistance and many government resources. Donate to their emergency relief fund! If you can donate over $750, there is a matching donation effort - make larger donations here.
In response to COVID-19, the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network calls for the following demands. Please amplify, share, and make calls to your elected officials as possible! #ReleaseThemAll
GBCC supports local racial justice and intersectional organizing by providing free childcare during meetings, events, and actions so that caregivers and children can fully participate. We provide care for groups being led by folks most impacted by oppression and who are on the front lines of their movements. Find out more information about GBCC here and on Facebook.
The GBCC Planning Team is looking for people who want to volunteer as a carer and for those interested in volunteering as a member of the GBCC Planning Team. The Planning Team does all the behind-the-scenes work of partner relationship building, care coordinating, and future planning. As we enter our fourth year of existence, we want to grow our network, Planning Team, and sustainability. Join us if you are invested in racial justice and enjoy caring for kids!
Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form if you'd like to become a volunteer carer.
Contact Morgan at email@example.com if you'd like to learn more about joining the GBCC Planning Team or with any questions.
Sunday, May 3, 12:30 PM, Online
Donna Bivens will lead a discussion on this important Boston history from the 1970s. This would be a good time to read J. Anthony Lukas's Common Ground. SURJ Brunches are open to all. Please invite others.
We'll be sending out the Zoom link closer to the time. Look for the link in a future SURJB Actions and Updates.
Knapsack is a multiracial group hosted by Community Change Inc that is committed to challenging the system of racism in the United States and the world. We engage in dialogue, build community, and support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations. We are dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation.
Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and sign up on the WPCR website
SURJ Boston is a project of Community Change Inc (CCI), a Boston-based organization shining a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source.
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We can do this.